let loose in front of judges who award the prize for Band of the Year. Security men and women have to stand in a line, arms locked, to keep the masqueraders off the stage until it’s their turn.
Those who’ve experienced Carnival say it’s difficult to describe that moment when they finally burst onto the stage, jumping, waving, wining—and this year rolling. Some say the combination of colors, people, music and energy is euphoric, but even that can’t quite capture the emotion.
“When your band is crossing the stage, it’s hard to put into words,” says Kester Branford, 61. “I feel like I am out of my body when I cross the stage on Carnival Tuesday. Even when I look back, the memories of melodies are what remain so striking.”